Van Filled With Migrants Crashes In Texas, Kills At Least 10 People

The van carrying 29 migrants veered off a highway in Encino, Texas before slamming into a metal utility pole and stop sign.

An overloaded van carrying 29 migrants crashed Wednesday on a remote South Texas highway, killing at least 10 people, including the driver, and injuring 20 others, authorities said.

The crash happened shortly after 4 p.m. on U.S. 281 in Encino, Texas, about 50 miles north of McAllen. 

Sgt. Nathan Brandley of the Texas Department of Public Safety says the van, designed to hold 15 passengers, was speeding as the driver tried to veer off the highway. He lost control of the van, which slammed into a metal utility pole and a stop sign.

"They tried to make a right turn onto the FM road here and they didn't even get over in the turn lane," Bradley said. "They were traveling at a speed way too fast, trying to maneuver that curve and went into the metal utility pole."

All the people who survived the crash have serious to critical injuries. Officials say the driver was likely speeding.

A surge in migrants crossing the border illegally has brought about an uptick in the number of crashes involving vehicles jammed with migrants who pay large amounts to be smuggled into the country.

One of the deadliest crashes came on March 3, when 13 people were killed when a semitrailer truck slammed into a sport utility vehicle containing 25 migrants in California, about 125 miles east of San Diego.

In March, eight migrants were killed when a pickup truck carrying them crashed into another truck while being pursued by police nearly 30 miles north of Del Rio, Texas. 

The driver in that incident faces a possible life sentence after pleading guilty to multiple federal charges.

Additional reporting by the Associated Press.

Football news:

Jamie O'Hara: I don't think that anyone other than Manchester United, City, Liverpool and Chelsea will win the Premier League in the next 10-15 years
Carlo Ancelotti: Hazard is not at the level that we would like to see. It is not easy for him to play 2 matches in a row
Laporte was offered to sell Fati in the summer to register Messi. The president of Barca refused
Ronald Koeman: I wanted to go to Barca, but I didn't expect such problems. I am struggling and I do not regret that I came
Ronaldo got into the start of Manchester United in all 3 games after the transfer. He will play with West Ham from the first minutes
Golovin scored for the first time this season in Ligue 1, making an effective action in the 2nd game in a row
Messi and his family can move to a castle near Paris. The building is estimated at 48 million euros